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Who is tired of doom and gloom? Every time I news it up, there’s some depressing story about some mad man/woman doing evil things to someone else. So, just for today, tune in here and read some good news news.

Let’s dig up a spot of positive thinking. Let us reclaim the world in all its beautiful glory. I’m going to shine a light here or there and let us all take a break from the darkness of some people’s reality.

THE GOOD NEWS NEWS:

Local

Today several hundred children walked safely to school. Mayor Harvey Rose said that this is a sensational result for the citizens of Pittwater. The local Police Sargent agreed saying that it was high time the safety message got through. Parents were seen after school drop off with a tear in their eyes, realising the enormity of their achievement. Children were seen hugging their parents with grateful looks in their small round faces.

National

The New South Wales Parliament sat for the first time today. Some politicians shook hands while others shared a knock-knock joke. There were winks, smiles and both sides agreed to sensible changes to public transport and to over-fund hospitals. Member for a part of Sydney said that from today onwards all hospitals would offer edible food to all patients regardless of income. First time mother, Janet, said that she was relieved. Since the birth of baby Day-Spa three days ago, the poor bugger hasn’t been able to stomach the yellow beans and vomit-slop usually on offer. Now, she felt she could offer little Day-spa some quality breast milk.

International

In breaking news, the world leaders of all the world have come together and agreed to stop fighting for stuff. Instead, they have agreed to share stuff with each other so no one person dies of curable diseases, starvation or war related violence. In a statement, the UN chief blasted the leaders saying, “Great. Now I don’t have a reason to go to work on Monday. Are you happy, chumps?”

Entertainment

In a shock move, Hollywood has decided to produce real and interesting films for the public. One studio executive was overheard saying that they’ve only recently realised that their audience isn’t as dumb as they thought and in response will be hiring real writers and actors to produce movies that actually mean something to the world.

Sport

Tennis – Third seed, some Russian player, has decided not to scream when she hits the ball. She feels bad for all the times she’s annoyed her opposition with her shrieking ‘Yaaaa!’ and is sorry for making tennis audience grind their teeth.

Gymnasitcs – International Gymnastics The World has decided to outlaw the slow clap. From now on, anyone in the crowd who begins a slow clap that builds to a fast clap will be banned for two years from attending a IGTW event.

Netball – In a controversial move, men will now be allowed to play in the national netball competition. Australian captain some tall chick with awesome ball skills claimed that men would be “thrashed” on the court and the girls would not play nice just because they are men.

Weather

The forecast for Sydney is changeable. Depending on what you’re up to it will be sunny and 27 degrees or pouring with rain at a cosy 16 degrees. Or if you are hard to please it will be sunny in the morning with a possible afternoon thunderstorm. Actually just shut the door, pop on the air conditioner and make your own weather.

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Good morning day! The dark cloud descends for no obvious reason except to ruin all your plans. The eyebrows slump as the eyes are cast downwards. The heart feels like it has eaten a massive steak with creamy sauce, followed by a heavy Christmas pudding, blerk. Feet scrape, hands dangle and every bright face around you is simply irritating.

Welcome to a rut of a day, a dark place where every effort is put into de-rutting yourself. Hours tick by as you go about your routine trying as hard as you can not to offend the people around you with your pleasantless demeanour. They may assume that it is their fault, they have been the cause of this, but the first step to the de-rutting process is to express to your loved ones what is happening… that you just feel dark today! People lifted off the hook of responsibility and you are free to work out on your own how to get out of this heaviness, on your own because, really, no one can help.

Second step to towards the bright lights of home is time out. Oh I love this one: a walk or a moment on your own to reflect, to pray. Silence and exercise are great boosters for the soul. Now if getting out and about and thinking way too much doesn’t do it for you perhaps the distraction technique is the go. This means busying yourself about the house or watching your favourite movie or tv show (on dvd of course). I cannot recommend Gilmore Girls  highly enough. It is where I go when all else fails!

As the fog lifts, it is time to talk to someone you trust who understands who you are, where you’re coming from and can help you get perspective. I love these friends. They shine the light on the truth of who you are and the good aspects of your moody personality. Lighter and lighter you flutter, your feet start lifting off the ground. The day is turning around hip hip hooray!

The sun begins to set and a plan is devised to bring this grey old day to a positive end. It means a bit of TLC for you, some yummy food, a glass of wine (if you feel the need), a bath, a good book or film and a spot of Zumba wouldn’t go astray (shake off the blues of the day with a bit of fun/funny exercise).

Argh. I like to think that we all have these ridiculous days that simply don’t make sense. In the middle of it all, I can’t help thinking that tomorrow is another day, that the mood will lift and life will go on as sunny as it was before!

Why is it that we can’t just be happy? Winters are always too cold, “I can’t wait for summer”, then summer arrives, “this heat is stifling”. The rain pours down, “how miserable” and the sun shines too bright and dries out the grass,”I’m looking forward to some rain”.

Why is it that we can’t just be satisfied with our own looks? The curly-haired among us yearn for straight hair, the straight-haired, a bit of a wave. Our houses are too small, too big (what a hassle), too cold, too hot, not like so-and-so’s across town, if only…

Do we judge the ‘happy’ amongst us? Is there a stigma, a taboo against happiness? Really content people may be read as being sentimental or shallow. Perhaps they are just content? They deal with the bad and really enjoy the good in their lives. They know that life can suck and so they suck it up and deal!

It’s not cool in the western world to be happy with ourselves. To quote the chicks from Mean Girls:

” my hips are huge
oh please, I hate my calves
…I’ve got man shoulders
I used to think there was just fat and skinny, apparently there can be a lot of things that can be wrong on your body”

Sound familiar? Oh yeah. Self-degradation in so in right now. If you’re happy with who you are, where you are, well there must be something wrong with you!

I once went on a girls weekend away and we started sharing our life dramas, our insecurities which is all well and good. To my surprise, one of the girls piped up and said, “Actually I feel ok about myself at the moment.” There was silence and an awe bounced from girl to girl. There was no jealousy or judgment, just a bit of a wakeup call. What a thought! Happy with yourself! Cool, it’s achievable.

So my mind has watered that thought, that vision for many years now. It’s a choice, a renewing of the mind. To be positive and think the best of yourself and others is a desirable place to be. It’s not sentimental or fake, but liberating! Try it today for $19.95.

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